Celebrating Baltimore’s War Effort

February, 2016
Volume 4, Issue 1

Dear Reader,

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It’s hard to believe but just seventy years ago, the surrender of Germany and Japan marked the official end to World War II. Baltimore played a vital role in the wartime manufacturing effort, and The Young Defenders of the Maryland Historical Society wish to pay homage to this bygone era by hosting a special Victory Bash on Saturday, February 27th: featuring period garb, live music and dancing, craft cocktails and great eats.

During America’s involvement in WWII, the Maryland Historical Society housed the state’s official War Records Commission. Over a period of several years, the staff obtained photographs and textual material from Maryland industries and farms, every branch of the military, government agencies, civic groups, and relief agencies. In addition, they conducted personal interviews and collected articles from several Maryland newspapers. The result was a deep, rich collection of material, thoroughly documenting the involvement of Marylanders in the war and the war’s impact on all aspects of life in the state. Proceeds from the Victory Bash will go a long way in supporting the Maryland Historical Society’s one-of-a-kind archive.

“First released,” Veterans returning, World War II, 1945, A. Aubrey Bodine, Maryland Historical Society, B614B

The archives of the Maryland Historical Society also contain hundreds of images by famed Maryland photographer Aubrey Bodine. His photographs span of wide variety of subjects, including the exuberant homecoming of our heroes such as the black and white photograph pictured at right.

So help The Maryland Historical Society channel this swinging spirit at a fantastic venue, Baltimore’s Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, in Baltimore’s Guilford neighborhood.

They’re calling all flyboys and GI Janes to help put the “big” in Big Band with a big dance floor, big sound (both swing and modern music), and delicious refreshments. Come out and celebrate the Allied Victory! Get your tickets to the Victory Bash now by clicking here.

Wondering What to Wear To The Victory Bash?

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Sure, you can find 1940s vintage clothing on Etsy or Ebay. But, can you try it on first? Do you know your size? And are you certain that it’s the right style for the 1940s?

You’re invited to take the mystery out of 1940s vintage clothing with a Vintage Pop Up Trunk Show and Fashion Primer on February 3 at the Maryland Historical Society. This is your chance to get dressed by the best vintage clothing dealers in Maryland, such as Annapolis-based Retropolitan Fine Antiques & Vintage, who worked on the film “The Dressmaker” with Kate Winslet, Ken Burns’ documentary “Prohibition,” and HBO’s series “Boardwalk Empire.”

Atomic Cheesecake Studios will be on hand to teach you pinup hair and makeup skills. So let the primping begin!

In addition, there will be a fashion primer focusing on period-appropriate silhouettes, accessories, hair, and makeup with Chief Curator, Alexandra Deutsch. This is a unique opportunity to work directly with our vintage dealers who will help with your soup-to-nuts 1940s makeover. Vintage clothing options for men and women will be available. Walk-in 2016, walk-out 1940s! Light appetizers and beverages will be served.

Ticketing and Further Information:
The Victory Bash is sure to be a sellout! Taking place on Saturday, February 27 from 8 pm to midnight at The Scottish Rite Masonic Temple in Baltimore. Get your tickets now while you still can by clicking here.
The 1940s Vintage Pop Up! fashion primer and trunk sale takes place at The Maryland Historical Society on Wednesday, February 3 from 6-9 pm. Tickets are $10 members/$15 nonmembers and available by clicking here.

Upcoming Events In Mount Vernon
Presented in Alphabetical Order

Baltimore School For the Arts
712 Cathedral Street | 443-642-5167 | Website

Finding the Story:
Confronting the Past

February 20, 2016 | 2 PM

What happens when you visit a National Park and people from the past reach out and talk to you? What does it feel like to hold the 170 year old diary of a girl exactly your own age? Did you realize that a hundred years ago enslaved people spent their lives working in your own neighborhood? Baltimore School for the Arts theater students explore answers to these questions in “Finding the Story: Confronting the Past,” three short plays about Hampton.

Partnering with the National Park Service and Historic Hampton, Inc., students and playwrights created scripts based on actual documents about the people that lived and worked at the historic plantation. The stories they tell take us back in time to periods in American history we thought we knew about, but there are surprises in store. Uncovering relationships of the past, we begin to understand what is still with us today. As we celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service, it is a great time to look at what we have chosen to preserve, and how much we can still discover when we look with the eyes of the next generation. A public performance of “Finding the Story: Confronting the Past” will be presented at Hampton NHS on February 20, 2016 (snow date Feb. 27).

For more information, visit the BSA website.  

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
1212 Cathedral Street | 410-783-8000 | Website

Josh Bell

BSO 100th Anniversary Concert!
Thursday, Feb 11 | 8 PM
The Meyerhoff

Marin Alsop, conductor
Joshua Bell, violin
Mason Bates, electronica

Join Marin Alsop and the BSO for a magical night as we party into our second century!

Make history with Maestra Marin Alsop and the incredible artists of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as we celebrate a milestone birthday! You’ll enjoy the timeless music of Gershwin, a suite from Bernstein’s West Side Story with superstar violinist Joshua Bell and Mothership, a work by composer Mason Bates, featuring local artists Cris Jacobs on the cigar box guitar and Tim Green on the saxophone. Celebrity guests will recount the BSO’s storied history and offer a glimpse into our future. The evening’s crescendo culminates in Ravel’s rousing BolĂ©ro followed by a champagne toast.

Don’t miss the party of the century!

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Josh Bell

Joshua Bell Plays Tchaikovsky
Friday, Feb 12 | 8 PM
Sunday, Feb 14 | 3 PM
The Meyerhoff

Marin Alsop, conductor
Joshua Bell, violin

The grand fanfare and orchestral roar of Also sprach Zarathustra is a perfect showpiece for our world-class BSO. One of the most celebrated violinists of the modern era, Joshua Bell brings his unique blend of passion and virtuosity to Tchaikovsky’s timeless Violin Concerto.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Center Stage
700 North Calvert Street | 410-332-0033 | Website

As You Like It

As You Like It
Jan 15 – Feb 14, 2016

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Wendy C. Goldberg

“A joyous, big-hearted affair.” – The Guardian

Shakespeare’s crowd-pleasing comedy takes Center Stage by way of a new production that turns the Elizabethan tradition of all-male casts on its head. Performed by an all-female company of actors, As You Like It tells the story of lovers Rosalind and Orlando who, when forced to flee into the Forest of Arden, become ensnared in a game of romance and mistaken identity. Frenzied and beguiling, in As You Like It all the world’s a stage as understandings of love, gender roles, nature, and politics are up for grabs. Join us as we journey deep into the fertile Forest of Arden and explore this beloved comedy in a whole new light.

Playing in the Mainstage Theatre at Towson University.

Click here for tickets.

Enoch Pratt Free Library
400 Cathedral Street | 410-396-5430 | Website

Poetry & Conversation:
Lisa Couturier & John Gery

Tuesday, Feb 9 | 6:30 to 8 PM
Central Library, Meyerhoff Children’s Garden Night Room

Lisa Couturier & John Gery

Lisa Couturier is a writer, poet, and animal advocate. Her collection of essays, The Hopes of Snakes (2006), is described as “beautiful, intelligent, and literary.” Her collection of poems, Animals / Bodies (2014), “gets right to the beating heart of what it means to meet, to lose, or to be a living creature.” Couturier is a 2012 Pushcart Prize winner for her essay “Dark Horse,” which also was nominated for the Grantham Prize for Environmental Writing. She is cited as a notable essayist in Best American Essays, 2004, 2006 and 2011. Among many other places, her prose has appeared in Orion, Isotope, National Geographic’s Heart of a Nation, The New York Zoological Society’s Wildlife Conservation, the American Nature Writing series, Minding Nature, and City Creatures. She lives with her family and six horses on the nationally acclaimed Agricultural Reserve in Maryland.

John Gery has published seven books of poetry, most recently, Have at You Now! (2014). His work has appeared throughout the U.S., Europe, and Canada and has been translated into seven languages. Gery has also published criticism on poets ranging from John Ashbery to Marilyn Chin, as well as a critical book on the nuclear threat and American poetry. He has co-authored a guidebook to Ezra Pound’s Venice and a biography of Armenian poet Hmayeak Shems, has co-edited four books of poetry and criticism, and has worked as a collaborative translator from Serbian, Italian, Chinese, Armenian and French. His awards include fellowships from the NEA, the Fulbright Foundation, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and the University of Minnesota. A Research Professor of English at University of New Orleans and Director of the Ezra Pound Center for Literature, Brunnenburg, Italy, he lives in New Orleans with his wife, poet Biljana Obradovic, and their son Petar.

Reading Tails
Sunday, Feb 14, 2 PM
Central Library, Meyerhoff Children’s Garden

Reading Tails

Same great program, brand new name! Come read to a dog from Therapy Pets Unlimited. You pick the book and your furry friend! Registration is suggested, but drop-ins are welcome! Book featured: How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills.

Want to learn more about how you and your pet can volunteer with Therapy Pets Unlimited? Click here.

You can Read Down Your Fines at this event!

The Maryland Humanities Council
108 West Centre Street | 410-685-0095 | Website

On February 2 and 23, Veterans Book Group discussions will be held at the Towson Branch of the Baltimore County Library. Led by James Schelberg, educator and Iraq/Afghanistan veteran, and coordinated by the Maryland Humanities Council, this book group is open to current service members and veterans from all eras. Participants should plan to attend all five sessions. The discussions run select Tuesdays from February through April. Dinner and materials are provided. Registration is required. To register please call the branch at 410-887-6166 or email the branch at towson@bcpl.net.

At the Baltimore Museum of Industry on February 13 at 1:00pm Patricia Fernandez-Kelly (Princeton University) will discuss her latest book, The Hero’s Fight: African Americans in West Baltimore and the Shadow of the State (2015). The book addresses the links between race, poverty, and joblessness within Baltimore’s African American community. Books will be available for sale and signing. This event is funded by the Maryland Humanities Council. Free with museum admission ($12).

The deadline for the second round of applications to the Humanities Fund for Baltimore is February 15. This fund was developed by the Maryland Humanities Council to support local nonprofit organizations that will create public programs that use the humanities to respond to, interpret, and shed light on the unrest of April 2015. Funded programs will bring people together to understand the many contexts for the unrest, support humanities programs that educate young people and adults about the history and the roots of economic and racial inequality in communities of color in Baltimore City, and tap into and build on work already being done by others in the community. To learn more, including how to apply, click here.

Peabody Institute
1 East Mount Vernon Place | Phone: 410-234-4500 | Website

Denyce Graves

Peabody Concert Orchestra
Friday, Feb 5, 2016
8- 10PM
Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall

Hajime Teri Murai, Music Director
Denyce Graves, Mezzo-soprano, Faculty Artist
Richard Troxell, Tenor, Guest Artist

The livestream event begins at 8 PM EDT (7 PM CT) and can be viewed live on Johns Hopkins Ustream channel.

Tickets: $15 Adults, $10 Seniors, $5 Students. For more information, click here or call 410-234-4800.

Spotlighters Theatre
817 Saint Paul Street | Phone: 410-752-1225 | Website


Feb 12 – Mar 6, 2016

Book: Del Shores
direction: Fuzz Roark

Synopsis: Follow the journey of four gay boys in the Dallas Baptist Church. Storyteller Mark Lee Fuller tries to create a world of love and acceptance in the church and clubs of Dallas, Texas, while desperately trying to find a place to put his own pain and rage. The world Mark creates also includes two older barflies, Peanut and Odette, whose banter takes the audience from hysterical laughter to tragedy and tears. With a theme of religion clashing with sexuality, Sissies strives to find balance and acceptance in the world of religion.

Winner: GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding LA Theater Production, Los Angeles Critics Awards, Ovation Awards, Backstage West Garland Awards and Robby Awards.

Tickets: Adults $20; Seniors (60+) $18; Students & Military $16.
Ten Spot Thursday – ALL TICKETS JUST $10: Feb 18, 2016 at 8 PM (no other discounts apply). Purchase tickets by clicking here.

Talk Back with Cast & Director: Feb 28, 2016 immediately following the performance.

Performance Dates: Fri & Sat – 8 PM; Sun – 2 PM Dec 4, 5, 6; 10, 11, 12, 13; 18, 19, 20. Ten Spot Thursday: Dec 10, 2015 – 8 PM.

The Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles Street | Phone: 410-547-9000 | Website

The Walters Art Museum has announced two staff promotions in its new Art and Program Division, comprising the Education, Conservation and Curatorial Departments. Amanda Kodeck has been named the Ruth R. Marder Director of Education and Public Programs, and Julie Lauffenburger has been named the Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director of Conservation and Technical Research.

Julia Marciari-Alexander, the Andrea B. and John H. Laporte Director of the Walters Art Museum, said, “We are incredibly appreciative of the leadership support of the Ruth Carol Fund, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Dorothy Wagner Wallis Charitable Trust and many other forward-thinking and generous donors who have supported the endowment for these critical positions.”

Kodeck most recently held the position of Assistant Director of Education at the Walters and became Interim Director of Education and Public Programs in January 2014. Lauffenburger was Assistant Director of Conservation before becoming the Walters’ Interim Director of Conservation and Technical Research in July 2015.


Prince Demah Barnes: Our Nation’s First African-American Portrait Painter
Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 | 7 PM – 8:30 PM

In celebration of Black History Month, the Walters presents a talk by Amelia Peck, curator of American decorative arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, who shares the story of her discovery of a painting by 18th-century American artist Prince Demah Barnes, the nation’s earliest known portrait painter of color. Prince’s story is extraordinary-he is the only known enslaved artist working in colonial America whose paintings have survived. To date, three portraits have been identified.

Amelia Peck is the Marica F. Vilcek Curator of American Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was a speaker at the Walters’ Telling Global Stories Panel Discussion on September 20, 2015.

Click here for more information.

Carlo Crivelli

A Renaissance Original: Carlo Crivelli
Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 – Sunday, May 22, 2016
10 AM – 5 PM on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

This winter the Walters presents a new view of the Italian Renaissance. See the work of one of the most original and innovative painters in fifteenth-century Italy, Carlo Crivelli of Venice. This intimate exhibition showcases his luminous paintings, with their lavish use of gold, suggesting the materiality of goldsmiths’ work and luxury textiles. The Walters riveting Madonna and Child is featured together with 13 devotional paintings and altarpieces from national and international collections, ranging from San Diego to Krakow, Poland. See them in Baltimore in a special installation created for the Walters’ Italian Early Renaissance Gallery.

Join us for a special Opening Day Panel on February 28 featuring talks by experts and scholars who explore the artist whose rare and dazzling paintings mix the otherworldly with the everyday to spectacular effect. Later in the spring the Walters’ popular Make Night workshops focus on the art of Renaissance painting, inspired by Carlo Crivelli.

This exhibition is generously supported by an anonymous donor and by members and contributors to the annual fund.

Click here for more information.

Madame de Pompadour

Madame de Pompadour, Patron and Printmaker
Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 – Sunday, May 29, 2016
10 AM – 5 PM on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Also new this winter is an exquisite exhibition that explores the story of Madame de Pompadour, the influential mistress of King Louis XV of France, best remembered as an enthusiastic patron of the arts. Less well known are the works of art she made and collected. On view here for the first time are selections from the Suite of Prints, an extremely rare first-edition set of etchings created by the royal mistress in the 1750s and purchased by Museum founder Henry Walters from a Parisian book dealer in 1895. Fewer than 20 of these suites were made overall and the Walters has the only full remaining copy, which was also Madame de Pompadour’s personal copy. The exhibition also includes engraved gems, and a few of the most stunning possessions she collected including a woven tapestry and two pairs of Sevres porcelain vases. The approximately 30 works in the exhibition in the museum’s Manuscripts Gallery are all from the Walters collection.

This exhibition is generously supported by an anonymous donor and by members and contributors to the annual fund.

Click here for more information.

Until next month,

Laura Rodini
Executive Director, The Mount Vernon Cultural District

The Mount Vernon Cultural District Is
A Proud Partner of Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and Visit Baltimore

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